Monday, January 04, 2010

Died This Day: Clarence Edward Dutton

Dutton (May 15, 1841 - Jan. 4, 1912) was an American geologist who in 1887 was put in charge of the division of volcanic geology and seismology. His investigation of the Charleston earthquake of 1886, published in the reports of that survey, attracted wide attention and helped to develop scientific interest in the study of earthquake phenomena.

He is acknowledged as being the pioneer seismologist who developed and named the principle of isostasy.

Info from Wikipedia